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A Licence to Nanny

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Evan Mulholland

In July 2016, the New South Wales government announced a ban on greyhound racing and subsequently sought to shut down the entire industry. When making the decision, Premier Mike Baird said ‘a sport which utilises animals cannot operate...

Cigars and the Plain Packaging Effect

IPA REVIEW | Chris Berg

In the 176 page report into smoking produced by the Preventative Health Taskforce - which Labor used as a blueprint for plain packaging-cigars are mentioned just twice. Once, buried in a footnote to a graph showing declining smoking rates across...

Labor tobacco tax hike will hit the poor

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

Increasing the tobacco excise will have a disproportionate impact on poorer Australians, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will today announce that the tobacco excise would increase...

Australia is a Nanny State: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

Paternalistic government policies have led to Australia becoming a Nanny State, according to a new submission from the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA today is appearing in Canberra before the Senate Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community...

Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community Impact

SUBMISSION | Morgan Begg, Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

Australia has a long history of paternalism. We invented the word ‘wowser' to describe everything from early closing to restrictions on mixed-sex bathing. Historically, paternalism has been justified on mixture of moral, religious and social...

Submission to the Legislative Council Inquiry into the Public Health Amendment

SUBMISSION | Morgan Begg

Establishing by statute a ‘tobacco-free generation' is effectively prohibition by stealth, which will separate Tasmanians into two separate classes. Prohibition is ineffective as it strengthens the illicit tobacco market, which has been...

Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications Inquiry into Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill 2014

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg

Bullying is a serious problem for Australian children. The consequences of bullying can be severe, and in some cases can lead to severe trauma or tragedy. However, the government's proposed bills to tackle bullying on the internet, Enhancing...

Nanny state taxes driving perverse outcomes

MEDIA RELEASE | Aaron Lane

"Nanny State behavioural taxes on consumer goods are having unintended consequences, and are not achieving their policy goals," said Aaron Lane, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, a free market think tank. Mr Lane's comments...

Government will spend nearly 60 million this year lobbying itself for nanny state policies

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

The Commonwealth government will this year give $57.7 million of taxpayers' money to the Australian National Preventive Health Agency to lobby the government for Nanny State policies, according to a new paper by the free market think tank the...

The Biggest Vested Interest of All: How Government Lobbies to Restrict Individual Rights and Freedom

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg

The Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan wrote in The Monthly in March 2012 that: Australia's fair go is today under threat from a new source. To be blunt, the rising power of vested interests is undermining our equality and threatening our democracy. But...

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